Investing in Marion, Illinois
The fastest growing county in Illinois outside the Chicago "collar counties" and the counties in the Metro-East area near St. Louis, Mo. is Williamson County.
Williamson County lies in the heart of the Southern Illinois region. The Southern Illinois region extends from Interstate 64 to the north to the extreme southern tip of Illinois, at the point where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet. St. Louis, Missouri is 120 miles northwest via Interstates 57 and 64, while Nashville, Tennessee is 170 miles southeast via Interstates 57 and 24. Ten of the major population centers in the Midwest—Chicago, Cincinnati, Des Moines, Evansville, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Milwaukee and Louisville—are all within a day's drive of Williamson County.
Nearly 500,000 people live in the 16 Illinois counties that lie within a 50-mile radius of Williamson County, the heaviest populated county at 66,357 residents. (The population swells to more than half a million when the Paducah, Kentucky and Cape Girardeau, Missouri areas, both less than 50 miles from Williamson County, are included in the economic trade region.)
Illinois Route 13, currently a 4-lane divided highways extends east and west through Williamson County. Construction is currently underway to expand Illinois Route 13 to 6-lanes from Marion to Carbondale, IL. For additional demographic information about Marion, IL click here. For additional information about the City of Marion, click here. For additional information about industrial development in Williamson County and contact information for the Regional Economic Development Corporation, click here.